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apparently everyone but you.  Make something up for us.

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You more than likely got the right impression and she had a lot of nerve asking.  If she doesn't want to pay you for baking the wedding cake, she can get tastings from whoever she's working with and see if she can be satisfied with their flavors.  If not.....I'd suggest she hire you, then she'll get exactly what she wants.  Otherwise, I'd say no recipe and no cake for you!

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maybe she just wanted to suggest a great flavour to her daughter but couldn't think of the name of the flavour she liked at the June wedding. When she saw you that's when she thought of asking. It will not be exactly the same as yours but maybe the bride is stuck on choosing a flavour? just a thought....

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The little devil in me would so want to make up some obscure flavour to tell her. icon_wink.gif
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The little devil in me would so want to make up some obscure flavour to tell her. icon_wink.gif

 

Do you mean Like.......  'Paradise Angel tears', or 'Madagascar unicorn breath'.....:roll:

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Oh
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Do you mean Like.......  'Paradise Angel tears', or 'Madagascar unicorn breath'.....icon_rolleyes.gif
Oh, those are good! *must remember for future reference* icon_smile.gif
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Do you mean Like.......  'Paradise Angel tears', or 'Madagascar unicorn breath'.....:roll:


Laugh - Snort :D

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I started teaching myself some decorating techniques almost 35 years ago.  My first roses looked like pink artichokes.  Then I took some Wilton courses and refined my techniques.  I was very eager to start doing wedding cakes for both an artistic outlet as well as making some money.  I really enjoyed it at first, then I started learning that dealing with the clients wasn't all hearts and sunshine.  My policy was 50% down and the rest was due 2 weeks before the wedding.  One client didn't want to pay me the balance until the day of the wedding.  She said, "How do I know if you will show up with the cake?"  I was speechless.  Somehow I had the presence of mind to ask her how I could possibly know if she was giving me a good check the day of the wedding.  She was very insulted by the suggestion that she would write a bad check and proceeded to tell me she had $25,000 in her account.  I ended up getting my money.  She ended up getting her cake 2 weeks later at her wedding, and after the check had cleared.

 

Another time I did a 75serving 1st Birthday cake for relatives of my BIL's girlfriend.  They said they would pay me after the party which I agreed to since they were almost family.  What a shock!  They didn't have the money.  Said they would give it to me later.  I knew that wasn't going to happen so I said not to trouble themselves and that I didn't mind waiting at their house until they got the money from her mom.  It was nearly midnight when they came back with the money, but I did get paid for my deeply discounted cake.

 

Once I had a bride whose future MIL was pretty much running the whole show.  The girl was very meek and the MIL had a strong personality.  The bride was getting married on the anniversary of her MIL.  As the MIL was paying for the cake, she ordered two different 3 tiered cakes.  One for the bride and one for the MIL's anniversary so the wedding could also be an anniversary party.  I remember being horrified, but not questioning it as I was basically getting a double order.

 

After the incident with the check issue, I decided that if it wasn't going to be fun for me, then I didn't want to do it anymore, at least in terms of developing my hobby into a full fledged business.  I just stuck to doing cakes for friends and relatives.  I have no idea how many cakes I've done over the  years, compensated or for free, but since I do it strictly on my own terms now, I get much more enjoyment out of it.

 

Oh, a word about cutting cakes.  I HATE, HATE, HATE it when people who don't know how to cut cakes properly do a hack job on cakes.  I'm really kind of OCD about it.  If I do a wedding cake and I'm invited to the wedding, I'll be GLAD to cut your cake if there is no professional server there.  In the my office, they all know better than to go near any kind of cake, regardless of who brought it in.  It MUST be cut properly, especially if it is a rectangular cake.  I can cut those almost perfectly into 24 or 35 servings, of nearly identical size.  One time I almost literally threw my body in front of one of the attorneys who wanted to cut her own piece.   Hahaha, no one argues with me because I am usually holding the knife!

 

I have loved reading every single one of these 161 pages of what not to say to a baker.  It further confirms to me that I am a better administrative assistant than business woman.  Had I been in business for myself, there is no way I would have been able to keep my cool these 30 some years.

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Once This lady actually told me she wanted me to just decorate the cake for her idk but I was a bit offended like you have never tried my cake so you want another person to bake you cakes from a box and expect me to decorate she must be crazy what was worst is that she wanted my cousin to bake them I never heard from her again and I'm glad
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You made me  wonder how often that a simple shrug of the shoulder and a 'noble silence' while you shake your head "NO" can solve the problem.  When  you want to scream at someone.

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Whenever I make a fondant cake, I always get asked if the fondant is edible. It gets annoying.

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Whenever I make a fondant cake, I always get asked if the fondant is edible. It gets annoying.

 

Well, don't keep us in suspense: Is it? 

 

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post #2413 of 2803

It is in New York, but not in Alaska...........:lol:

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This isn't really a gripe, more just a cute question I was asked by a groom about his upcoming wedding cake.  He wondered if the cake were to have tiers with alternating flavours (chocolate, vanilla, chocolate, vanilla) if it would just look weird.  Bless his little cottons...   Reassured him that with the same colour fondant covering the whole cake he could have whatever flavours he wanted in there - so cute!   :)

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Ooh, I have a new one I can share:
 
Hello I am having my 30th birthday party and I need a special cake.
It is a themed party and we are doing a mad hatter tea party from Alice in Wonderland. I would like a tiered cake with about 3 tiers.
I am a model and there will be a bunch of us taking pictures with the cake.
I have included some photos to get an idea of what I am looking for.
obviously we can discuss price and I would like to try to cut costs wherever possible. thank you for your time and look forward to doing business with you. 

 

She then proceeded to email THE most difficult Alice in Wonderland cakes imaginable. All gumpaste figures, teapot pouring tea.....really over the top. She needed it for Feb 1. Ha ha. 

 

I just giggled when I saw this one. And she must have an account with the email service because her picture was included. I'm thinking she models hand cream......

 

Sooo, because you will be taking pictures with the cake somehow there was a discount in order? That's the only reason I can think of that she would insert that part. 

Luckily I'm on maternity leave right now so it was VERY easy to turn this order down :)

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